Extended critical discussion of six of his most important films ( Shadows, Faces, Minnie and Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams) reveals a profoundly thoughtful and self-aware filmmaker/philosopher in the American tradition of Emerson and William James.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments; Introduction: thinking in space, time and the body; 1. Selves in the making (Shadows); 2. Noncontemplative art (Faces); 3. Beating the system (Minnie and Moskowitz); 4. An artist of the ordinary (A Woman Under the Influence); 5. The path of greatest resistance (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie); 6. Compositions and decompositions (Love Streams); Epilogue: The religion of doing; Notes; Bibliography; Filmography; Index.